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It’s Not Just The Studios That Are Predictable

I’m not sure exactly when it started, or more importantly when exactly it became popularized. Sequels have been around for literally decades, but for me it is the eighties when it really became rife. If a film was financially successful, the studios made a sequel. Following the artistry of sixties and seventies filmmaking, films really began to become movies, and dumbed down overblown action movies became the big money makers. It was obvious, really. Why go to the time and trouble to try to develop and subsequently sell a new property when fans were itching to see the further adventures of Rambo, Rocky, Axel Foley, and the numerous other action heroes of that time. Continue reading

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Kevin Smith – Trailblazer, Or Midlife Crisis?

In the run-up to Sundance, the film festival currently taking place in Utah, filmmaker Kevin Smith announced that he would be holding an auction for the distribution rights for his latest film, Red State, immediately following its showing at the fest. This created a lot of anticipation for both the film, and the aftermath, leading to Red State being the hottest ticket in town this past weekend. In the end, it turned out to be somewhat of a ploy, as Smith bought back his own film for $20, and proceeded to lay in to the Hollywood studio system, which would have been well represented in the room with many studios keen for the chance to distribute Smith’s religious horror film. Continue reading